Curtain Call offers two different summer programs for youth: our Summerstock and Summerstock Junior program, which is a full-day, conservatory-style workshop program for ages six thru sixteen, and our Summer Youth Theatre which produces a full-scale musical production each summer featuring performers and technicians grade four thru age twenty-one. Scroll down below our calendar for information on each.
Summerstock Full-Day Workshops:
Our SUMMERSTOCK (ages 11 to 16) and SUMMERSTOCK JUNIOR (ages 6 to 11) programs are full-day, theatre arts workshops. No previous experience is required and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Each session culminates in a showcase performance on the final date (see descriptions below for specific dates and times). Each program session is two weeks. There is NO registration for just one week of the program. Students must be available for both weeks of any session and its performance showcase.
The maximum number of students accepted for each two-week session is forty (40). Students are grouped according to their date of birth and will rotate throughout the day in these age-appropriate groups between experienced teaching artists for specialized instruction. Our staff consists of three (3), specialized instructors, our program director, a program assistant and three (3) to six (6) classroom assistants.
Students should bring a lunch each day. Refrigerators and microwave ovens are available for use at the theatre complex. There is no food service or transportation provided. We also have access to the playground on the Sterling Farms Complex for outdoor activities.
Discounts are available for siblings (10% off for each additional child). Scholarships and payment plans are also available for families in need. (See the sidebar to your right for scholarship application requirements or call 203-329-8207 x16.)
Please inform us of any allergies, special needs, conditions or medications.
There are four, separate Summerstock program sessions:
SUMMERSTOCK CREATIVE THEATRE FOR AGES 11-16:
June 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and July 2, 3, 5, 6, 2018 from 9:30am to 4:30pm (NO class July 4, 2018) with a showcase performance July 6, 2018 at 7:00pm.
Through rotating study in Improv, Shakespeare and Modern Acting in age-appropriate groups (5th and 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade, high school), students will tap into their own creativity to assemble a showcase performance on the final date drawing upon the instincts, teamwork and timing built in Improv, the technique and discipline developed in Modern Acting and the power tapped through Shakespeare’s language. Students will explore scene work for stage and screen as well as develop original scenes and sketches, including their own conceptual Shakespeare scenes drawing dialogue from the sonnets. Showcase performance is July 6, 2018 at 7:00pm.
Registration is $750 ($675 for each additional sibling after the first child).
SUMMERSTOCK MUSICAL THEATRE FOR AGES 11-16:
July 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2018 from 9:30am to 4:30pm with a showcase performance July 20, 2018 at 7:00pm.
This fun and focused, full-day workshop will sharpen skills in singing, acting and dance. In age-appropriate groups (5th and 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade, high school), students will rotate between these three subjects and be introduced to various musicals that share a common theme. The session also includes a day that focuses entirely on audition preparation. Selected pieces from the classroom will be performed by each group in a showcase July 20, 2018 at 7:00pm.
Registration: $800 ($720 for each additional sibling after the first child).
SUMMERSTOCK JUNIOR FOR AGES 6-11 (two, separate, two-week sessions):
Session One: July 23, 24, 25, 26 27, 30, 31 and August 1, 2, 3, 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm with a showcase performance on August 3, 2018 at 3:00pm.
Session Two: August 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm with a showcase performance on August 17, 2018 at 3:00pm.
Summerstock Junior provides a strong foundation in acting and performance for ages six to eleven by offering a balance of script acting, improv and musical theatre. The day will include warm-up games, exercises and activities that involve all students and other periods where students will receive specialized instruction in age-appropriate groups (ages six to eight and ages nine to eleven). Students will present a showcase of their work on the final day of each session. They will also work on special arts and crafts projects relating to their showcase performance (Session One: August 3 and Session Two: August 17, 2018 at 3:00pm).
Registration for each session is $750 ($675 for each additional sibling after the first child).
For more information, call 203-329-8207 x16 or email email@example.com.
A few images from past Summerstock and Summerstock Junior programs:
Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre (SYT)
For over twenty-five years, Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre has provided creative outlets for youth both on stage and behind the scenes. Rehearsals are typically held Monday to Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm (with some weekends) beginning mid-June while crew work on sets, costumes, lights, etc. takes place Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Performances are typically the first two weeks in August. Overall, our Summer Youth Theatre provides nearly 100 hours of creative enrichment and interaction for youth with common interests under the guidance of a team of area professionals.
Participation fee for cast and crew is $50. (Each additional sibling receives $25 off.)
(PLEASE NOTE: Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre is its own, individual program and NOT part of Curtain Call’s Summerstock and Summerstock Junior workshop programs.)
Our 2018 summer production will be
Music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams and book by Michael Stewart
Bye, Bye, Birdie is America’s first rock and roll musical and received the 1961 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Direction and Best Choreography of a Musical (both to Gower Champion), and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Paul Lynde).
It is 1958, and America’s teens are swept away by the rock and roll craze, but their idol and heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted to serve in the US Army, leaving many teenage girls beside themselves with grief, not to mention Almaelou Music Corporation (Conrad’s recording label) in a panic! Almaelou co-owner and Conrad’s manager, Albert Peterson, along with his faithful girlfriend and secretary, Rose Alvarez have a plan on how they can give Conrad a proper send-off and still keep teens clambering for more: Conrad Birdie will give one of his adoring, female fans one, last kiss goodbye on the Ed Sullivan show with millions of Americans watching!
Randomly yet fatefully selected for this kiss is 15 year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio – president of the Conrad Birdie fan club. But Kim has just been “pinned” to her steady boyfriend, Hugo Peabody. Can their relationship survive this test? Will the wholesome town of Sweet Apple survive Conrad’s hip-swiveling, degenerative influence? Will the MacAfees survive their home being turned upside-down while Conrad, Albert and Rose stay with them until the broadcast? And when Albert’s domineering and disapproving mother shows up, will Albert and Rosie survive each other?
AUDITIONS (MUST be entering 4th grade thru age 21):
- May 31, 2018 from 7:00-10:00pm (entering 9th grade to age 21).
- June 2, 2018 from 12:00-4:00pm (entering 4th grade thru 8th grade).
- Sign-up is on a first-come-first-serve basis THE DAY OF. There are no appointments and no advance sign-up. Auditions are held at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex.
- WHAT TO PREPARE: Please have 32 bars (or a verse and chorus) of a standard musical theatre song prepared and have sheet music (in the correct key in which you are singing) for our accompanist. Your song should best show off your vocal range, skill and personality. There will be a dance combination taught, so please come dressed in clothing you can move easily, comfortably and safely in or bring a change of clothing for dance. Please also wear the proper footwear: NO flip-flops, sandals, Uggs, Heelys, open-toed shoes or bare/stocking feet will be allowed.
CREW SIGN UP (MUST be entering 4th grade thru age 21):
Crew sign-up is available during both audition dates for participants entering 4th grade thru age 21. Sign-up must be in person as we have important information to review regarding the production calendar and will be able to answer any questions in person.
PERFORMANCES: August 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30pm and August 5 and 11 at 2:00pm. ***All cast and running crew must be available for ALL performances.***
FIRST COMPANY MEETING AND AD CANVASS DAY JUNE 16 FROM 10:00AM TO 2:00PM:
- A mandatory meeting for cast, crew and parents will begin at 10:00am in Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre to review the commitment for the summer with our production team, discuss volunteer opportunities for parents and answer any questions.
- At 11:00am, the cast and crew will be divided into teams and assigned to volunteer drivers to canvass local businesses for advertising in our playbill. Playbill advertising helps defer much of our production costs and ALL CAST, CREW AND PARENTS MUST HELP SELL ADVERTISING AND BOOSTERS IN OUR PLAYBILL.
- Parent volunteer drivers will be needed for our ad canvassing.
- Our ad canvassing teams will return to the Dressing Room Theatre by 1:30pm for a pizza lunch where cast members will receive their scripts and vocal books.
Rehearsals will take place at our Sterling Farms Theatre Complex Monday to Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm with some weekends (either Saturday or Sunday during the day) possible. Rehearsals may begin as early as June 11, but definitely by June 18, 2018. Not every cast member may be called for every rehearsal. Tech weekend is July 28 and 29 all day. Dress rehearsals are July 30, 31 and August 1 and may go as late as 11:00pm. ALL CAST MUST ATTEND ALL TECH AND DRESS REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Work days are scheduled for Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm in our scene shop and/or on the Kweskin Theatre stage beginning June 23, 2018. Anyone signed up for running crew (during performances) must be available to observe rehearsal and start learning the show the week of July 23, 2018 and for tech weekend, July 28 and 29 all day. Dress rehearsals are July 30, 31 and August 1 and may go as late as 11:00pm. ALL RUNNING CREW MUST ATTEND ALL TECH AND DRESS REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES – NO EXCEPTIONS.
A few images from past productions (courtesy of FotosbyFailla.com):
Peter Pan (2016)
Kiss Me, Kate (2012)